You wake up and say, “Drat! Where is that stupid thing? Swatting at it doesn’t help and if I turn the light on doesn’t mean I’m going to be able to see the stupid thing. It’ll probably hide anyway.” But you roll over, pull the covers up over your head a little tighter and the brainless thing must be under there with you because now you can hear it more than ever.
But just how brainless is it. For a while at least you have given it control of your life, and the more it bothers you the angrier you get. Your blood pressure goes up. You may even begin to sweat, and if you turn on the light to find and kill it you have given it even more power over you. Yes, something so small, so petty, so inane has taken control of you, and no matter how much you try to ignore it, or try to fight it, it is not going away.
This happens to everyone.
But there are a lot of mosquitoes in our lives that temporarily drive us insane. These petty annoyances often get the best of us because we give it the power to do so.
As I’ve stated before I live in a tourist town with a population of 3,500 people, but we get 11 to 14 million tourists per year, and I know for a fact many of them pack everything they think they are going to need, except their brain. That is lying on the dining room table ready to be packed, but they forgot it in the rush to get out the door and onto the highway.
Traffic can be a real challenge sometimes. It’s not like someone going to McSweetville and driving slowly looking for an address. These are people who will stop, for no apparent reason, and sit there, staring at some tourist attraction or store or restaurant for five minutes. It gets very frustrating sometimes when I am trying to get home with the frozen food before I have to get it out, defrost it and start cooking it on the engine block so it won’t spoil.
But a simple attitude correction changed all that. I decided I don’t want to waste my time whining and complain, worrying, fussing and fuming over this, when I can be grateful these people are coming to my town and helping provide jobs, pay taxes on their rooms, meals and the attractions, that gives the whole town great, clean water, nicely landscaped vistas, and a rather large public transportation system for a town this size.
A couple with a small child recently moved into the apartment above me. This little girl likes to not only run around, but likes to jump as well…a lot. And there have been many nights when she has gotten up in the middle of the night and starts track events of running and jumping, waking me up. I was allowing this to “make” me angry all the time. But then I realized no one “makes” you angry. It’s your choice to feel that way. You could also choose to feel another way simply by changing your mind and your attitude.
Are you letting the little things drive you crazy, or do you have control? It’s simple a matter of how you choose to react, and the attitude to let it go when it really makes so little difference in a life full of great, wonderful and fun things to do. Now if we can just do something about the real mosquitoes buzzing us in the night…